Diamond man out on R20 000 bail

2009-10-27 00:00

MOBEEN Ganie (29) appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection with illegal possession of diamonds estimated to be worth more than R1 million and possession of cocaine. He was released on R20 000 bail and ordered to surrender his passport and to report to the Mountain Rise police daily.

Ganie was arrested early on Saturday, allegedly while sitting in his car at the corner of Langalibalele and Thomas streets with cut and uncut diamonds and a gram of cocaine. An intensive investigation was under way and Ganie’s movements had been monitored for weeks. On Friday, the police were reportedly tipped off that Ganie was moving the diamonds.

It is believed that Ganie was waiting for another man, with whom he was to go to the northern suburbs to meet a prospective buyer. Some of the stones were packed in a black plastic DVD case and others in plastic packets.

Ganie allegedly told the police he was selling the diamonds for someone else and produced certificates for some of the diamonds, but the authenticity of the documents has not been verified.

After his arrest, Ganie was taken to hospital under police guard, but the nature of his illness is unknown.

Police spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan quoted his doctor as saying Ganie will be referred to a psychologist.

Ganie father, Osman Ganie, is a businessman. He was a Msunduzi councillor in 2003 and owns a block of flats in downtown Pietermaritzburg and properties in other parts of the city.

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